Some of India’s brightest young men and women dream of cracking the civil service examination to govern the country alongside politicians. But of late many career bureaucrats are quitting the government to soar even higher.
Vijay Maruti Pingale, a 2004 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who has just submitted his resignation, typifies the trend of civil servants walking out on the nation’s notoriously corrupt governance system.
“My resignation is an open secret. But it’s yet to be accepted. Hence my lips are sealed as I am still governed by service conduct rules”, Pingale told Al Arabiya English when pressed to elaborate on why he suddenly quit his job.
Pingale enjoys a formidable reputation as an upright IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. His crusade against corrupt contractors has won him legions of admirers in the southern province where many bureaucrats don’t hesitate to socialize with shady businessmen close to powerful politicians.
According to media reports, Pingale has quit government service to join a non-governmental organization, or NGO. His preference for an NGO over the government speaks volumes about the administration’s standing in the eyes of a civil servant known for his integrity.
Although the NGO has not been identified, it is believed to be engaged in harnessing the latest technology to make governance more accountable and transparent.
Ironically, Pingale had harnessed advanced technology to combat corruption while in government service. As Deputy Commissioner (Works), Chennai Corporation he employed cutting edge scientific methods “to fix responsibility for shoddy work in civic infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, streetlights, and pedestrian facilities”.
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